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Bob Hope released from hospital

Associated Press
Friday September 07, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Bob Hope was released Thursday from a hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia since late last month. 

“He’s home,” publicist Ward Grant said. 

The 98-year-old entertainer was discharged from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank by Dr. Lee Kagan, at 9:45 a.m. and departed with his wife, Dolores, to their home in the Toluca Lake district of Los Angeles. 

Kagan said in a statement that Hope was “doing fine and eating well.” 

“However, it will be several more weeks before he is fully recovered from his illness,” he said. 

Grant said that when the comedian was asked what he wanted for dessert for his first lunch back home, Hope answered, “I don’t care ... as long as it’s coffee ice cream.” 

“He loves ice cream,” Grant said. 

Hope was originally expected to be released by Labor Day but a slight rise in his temperature scuttled that plan. 

Hope entered the hospital Aug. 26 because of trouble breathing. He was later diagnosed with mild pneumonia. He received antibiotics, intravenous fluids and respiratory therapy.